12 Books of Christmas- Children's Edition

If you enjoyed our 12 Books of Christmas list, here's the children's edition! It covers a wide range of books for all ages and tastes. 

If you fancy any from the list, why not send us your order through our online form, and then come and collect it in the shop whenever is convenient for you.

1. Oi Cat! by Kes Grey and Jim Field

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According to Frog . . .Cats sit on gnats, Dogs sit on logs, Raccoons sit on macaroons, Armadillos sit on pillows and Chicks sit on bricks. But wait! Cat doesn't like sitting on gnats, they keep biting his bottom! Will Frog and Dog help him change the rules? Oi Cat! is the hilarious third installment of the Oi! Series by award-winning Kes Grey. The first is Oi Frog! and the second Oi Dog!
We currently have all three books in the shop. Oi Cat! is in hardback at £12.99 and Oi Frog! and Oi Dog! are both £6.99 paperbacks. For ages 3+.
 
2. The Greatest Magician in the World by Matt Edmondson
 
 
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Elliot is mad about magic. Completely and utterly mad. It's all he talks about, all he thinks about and even all he dreams about! And it's not surprising because magic is in Elliot's blood. His great grandfather had once been known as The Greatest Magician in the World, and Elliot is desperate to follow in his footsteps. But it's tricky when the only magic book in the library is missing half its pages, and there's no one around to teach you. 
This book is great for budding magicians, as it's not only an intriguing story, but also includes removable magic tricks! It makes an excellent gift that can be appreciated over and over.
We currently have The Greatest Magician in the World in the shop for £14.99, and it is suitable for ages 6+. 
 
 
3. Hetty Feather's Christmas by Jacqueline Wilson 
 
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Hetty Feather's Christmas is the newest installment from the Hetty Feather series. 
An unexpected gift leads to trouble for Hetty on Christmas Day at the Foundling Hospital, and the dreaded Matron Bottomly is delighted to have an excuse to exclude Hetty from the festive celebrations. Poor Hetty is distraught – but just when it seems that all is lost, a dear friend arrives to whisk her away for a Christmas unlike any other. 
We currently have the hardback in the shop for £12.99, and it is suitable for ages 9+.
 
4. Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
 
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Here We Are is the newest book from the author of best-selling picture book Lost and FoundOur world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.
We currently have the hardback in the shop for £14.99, and it's suitable for ages 2+. 
 
5. Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig
 
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Matt Haig has three Christmas novels that are aimed at young adults, and Father Christmas and Me is the most recent. 

It isn't always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas.For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs every day - even in July - and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold. But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it's up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive.

We currently have all three of his Christmas books in the shop. Father Christmas and Me is a £12.99 hardback and some of our copies are signed, and A Boy Called Christmas and The Girl Who Saved Christmas are both £6.99 paperbacks. They are all suitable for readers age 10+. 

6. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

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We need some new fairy tale endings: What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Vibrantly illustrated and truly inspirational, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls tells the stories of 100 heroic women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.

We have the hardback in the shop at the moment for £17.99 in both English and Welsh, and it is suitable for ages 4+. For other books along this theme, we also have Fantasticaly Great Women Who Changed the World in hardback for £7.99 and Girls Who Rocked the World in paperback for £6.99, which is suitable for readers age 8+.

7. A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

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A Skinful of Shadows is the follow up novel to Costa Award-Winning The Lie Tree

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. And now there's a spirit inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father's rich and powerful ancestors.

Hardinge provides a very different style of children's book compared to the rest of the market, and this one in particular is dark but extraordinary. 

We currently have signed copies of the hardback in the shop at a discounted price of £10.99. It is suitable for ages 13+.

8. Mr. Underbed by Chris Riddell

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When Mr Underbed keeps him awake at night, shaking the bed and snoring loudly, Jim reaches for his earmuffs... only to get more than he bargained for! Sparking controversy in 2017 when it was compared to the Moz the Monster John Lewis Christmas ad, this classic picture book is the perfect monster under the bed tale, packed to the rafters with humour.

We have the paperback in the shop for £6.99 and it's suitable for ages 3-5.

9. Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens

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Mistletoe and Murder is the festive, fifth installment of the 'Murder Most Unladylike' series, which also features Arsenic for Tea and Jolly Foul Play

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas hols in snowy Cambridge. Hazel has high hopes of its beautiful spires, cosy libraries and inviting tea-rooms - but there is danger lurking in the dark stairwells of ancient Maudlin College.Two days before Christmas, there is a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident - until the Detective Society look a little closer, and realise a murder has taken place. Faced with several irritating grown-ups and fierce competition from a rival agency, they must use all their cunning and courage to find the killer.

We have the paperback in the shop at £6.99, and it's suitable for ages 8-12.

10. Lily, the Pug and the Christmas Wish by Keris Stainton

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When a strange event strikes Lily's town, she discovers not only can her pet pug Bug talk, but lots of other bizarre things are occurring around the town. Everyone's Christmas wishes have been granted, but to the wrong people! Along with her brother James, she must discover which wish belongs to who and sort it out before Christmas Eve- or no one will get what they want for Christmas! 

We have the paperback in the shop at £5.99 and it's suitable for readers age 5-7.

11. Busy Nativity by Emily Bolam

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In Busy Nativity, children can push, pull and turn the tabs to join Mary and Joseph on their long journey to Bethlehem, marvel as a host of angels appear and see beautiful baby Jesus in his crib. Children will love playing with this bright and colourful Christmas board book with gentle rhyming text which introduces young children to the wonderful story of the First Christmas.

Busy Nativity comes as a board book and is £4.99. It's suitable for children age 1-5.

12. 365 Things to Make and Do by Fiona Watt

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365 Things to Make and Do is an activity book that provides one activity for every day of the year, designed by Fiona Watt, who also created the That's Not My... series. Contains projects such as a flag chain, fabric collages, leaf printing, spoon-people, door signs, gift tags, dangly cowboys and many more things to make, draw and paint. Each activity is clearly explained in step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations. Includes a bonus activity for leap years!

We have 365 Things in the shop and it comes as a spiralbound hardback. It's £12.99 and suitable for ages 5+. 

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